Just got back from a careers expo and information night at my son’s college. The night was very informative but very very daunting!! My son is half way through year 10 and this expo and information night was in preparation of Year 11 and 12.
There were stalls from all the leading Universities and Tafe’s in Victoria, along with The Police force, VACC, The Army, William Angliss, Real Estate agents and others, too many to remember them all.
We collected so many books /career guides, pamphlets and flyers that there is just no way we can get through them all.
School based apprenticeships looked quite good too and for a second my son seemed to consider a school based apprenticeship in the automotive industry but ultimately health science is were we are heading I think – exercise physiology , physiotherapy etc.
To get into one of the better Universities for Health Science you need an Atar score of 60ish with a 30 in English which is achievable I think/hope.
I spoke with the senior school curriculum coordinator about my son dropping Maths next year he struggles with it so much, and her suggestion was to continue basic maths in year 11 because many courses only need unit 1 & 2 Maths.
I walked away feeling a lot better and I think George did too, at least we have some idea were we are heading now.
Best part of the evening was the year 11 curriculum coordinator who was George’s English teacher last semester (and who is just the loveliest man ever ) went over and sat with George and was talking to him about university and subjects and life and i really think he got through to him, he is such a cool man the boys all love him . I was so appreciative. The year 10 coordinator also called George into his office earlier today and had a quiet word to him as I had requested. But Mr Burt (the English teacher – year 11 curriculum coordinator did it all on his own accord. As I said he is just lovely.
I think we will both sleep better tonight, it is very hard being a teenager these days, things are just so different now!! There is more competition out there, more pressure and if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to do – and let’s face it who really does at 16 – then it’s just so stressful and I’ve gotta say draining.
Parent /teacher interviews again today, feels like it was only last month when I last caught up with the kids teachers and blogged about it.
Fortunately Harry’s report and teachers feedback was excellent. Unfortunately George’s report was not so great, but the feedback from the teachers was definitely not as disheartening as I was expecting. Madelyn’s report and parent/teacher interviews are yet to come.
I have really struggled with getting the message of how important school really is, across to George. I don’t know how else to say it or what else to do to get through to him.
I know he is disappointed with his grades as much as we are, and at the moment he is really committed to trying harder to improve his marks but I can’t help thinking that this newly found commitment on his part is not going to last, and that worries me so much.
Tonight I will take solace in the fact that after speaking with the teachers it doesn’t look as bad for him as what the report suggested.
Feeling very relieved, the presentation for the innovations workshop is behind me now. I am happy to report that I somehow managed to pull it off and deliver my presentation without freaking out and completely forgetting all my lines. I even managed to answer the audience questions without choking. Feedback from everyone at the workshop was very good and very encouraging, I’m feeling a little drained but very happy and so very relieved!!!
I saw a hitchhiker today – I think that’s the first one I have ever seen – well in real life anyway I’ve seen plenty of them in movies and I’ve seen enough to know that it never turns out well for the person in the car that stops to help – he was standing on the side of the road in Upper Ferntree Gully right on the bendy bit which goes up to Belgrave or left to Olinda and he was trying to flag a ride. I honestly didn’t think people actually did that anymore, I mean who would be silly enough to stop and give him a lift? He could very well have been a psychopath for all I know.
I couldn’t help wondering about him though as I drove past and because the weather was so terrible today I hoped for his sake that someone would stop and give him a ride, because hopefully he was just a regular person like you and I who had found himself in need of a lift.